Category: Memories and Nostalgia

Remembering Professor, Dean, and Provost Max Seel

Max Seel, a professor emeritus of the physics department at Michigan Technological University, died on September 14, 2022, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.

He was born on October 12, 1949, in Koesching, Germany, son of Andreas and Walburga Seel.

Max Seel

After receiving a Master’s Degree in Physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and a PhD from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg in Germany, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with IBM Research in San Jose, California, and then as privatdozent at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. Seel joined the Michigan Tech faculty as an associate professor of physics in 1986. He served as interim head of the Department of Computer Science in 1988 and was promoted to full professor of physics in 1989. In January 1990, he was named interim dean, and from 1991 to 2008 he was the dean of the College of Sciences and Arts. Seel was appointed interim provost in 2009 and provost and vice president of academic affairs in 2010. He returned to Physics in 2015 and retired in 2016.

Seel was a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Sigma Xi. He is the author of ninety publications and has been an invited speaker at universities, conferences, and industry laboratories in the US and Europe. His research areas were computational solid-state Physics and Quantum Chemistry.

For thirty years, he went with his boat Bavaria to Isle Royale. He played cello with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, read many books, worked with digital photography, and from time to time did oil and acrylic paintings. In his retirement, he also rediscovered building and flying remote-controlled airplanes.

Preceding him in death are his parents and brother Gerhard Seel. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Seel, his daughter Natalie (Jeremy) Lankford of Houston, TX, and Son Max (Elena) Seel of Guilford, CT, who are his children with his first wife Ingrid, grandchildren Kai, Max, and Astrid, stepson Cole Berryman of Appleton, WI, brother Andreas Seel, and four nephews Sebastian, Florentin, Benedikt, and Jonathan Seel in Germany, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dave and Kathy Manderfield and nephews Adam, Jared, and David Manderfield and niece Megan Manderfield.

Remember Lecturer Robert K. Snortland

Robert K. Snortland, 87, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022, at Portage Pointe in Hancock, MI.

He was born a twin on April 6, 1935, in Sharon, ND, son of the late Olaus E. and Ethel (Kloster). He was raised in Sharon and then graduated from the University of North Dakota. He moved to California to begin his life-long passion for teaching. He also worked as a design draftsman in the Aerospace Industry in California.

Robert K. Snortland
Robert K. Snortland, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

In 1960, he was united in marriage to Edith Mellor. They moved to North Dakota, where Bob received his Master’s Degree from UND. He had an illustrious career as an educator, winning awards, chairing a national committee, and completing two sabbaticals. His career took him to Michigan Technological University as a lecturer, where he retired in 1997.

Bob was passionate about life, not letting a single moment pass him by. His zest overflowed to everyone he met, as he brought a smile to all. Bob led by example, modeling compassion, love, and tolerance to all. He enjoyed woodworking, leather crafting, vegetable gardening, games, pets, music/dancing, snowshoeing, and friends. Bob was a man of deep faith, teaching Sunday School and serving as grandparents (with Edith) at Fortune Lake Bible Camp. Throughout his life, Bob was a member of the Masons, Eastern Star, Sons of Norway, ASEE, and many other organizations.

Bob is survived by his wife: Edith; daughter: Karin (Donna) and son Karl; His grandsons: Chad (Haley), Eric, and twin, Richard.

In Memoriam

January 1 – March 31, 2022

Class Full Name Degrees
1947 Duane W. West BS Mechanical Engineering
1948 Robert A. Fricke BS Electrical Engineering, ’48 BS Mechanical Engineering
1948 Donald C. Hampson BS Chemical Engineering, MS Chemical Engineering
1949 Richard A. Derby BS Metallurgical Engineering
1949 Mitchell S. Siepak BS Electrical Engineering
1950 Paul J. Goode BS Physics
1950 James M. Jabara BS Civil Engineering
1950 Mario D. Zadra BS Chemistry
1951 Harry D. Bennetts BS Civil Engineering
1951 Allen J. Bentley BS Mechanical Engineering
1951 Ernest W. Kitzner BS Mechanical Engineering
1952 Robert A. Borak BS Forestry
1952 Donald C. Violetta BS Metallurgical Engineering, MS Metallurgical Engineering
1954 Barth R. Schlup BS Civil Engineering
1956 Tai Y. Lee BS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1957 Christy T. Hauge BS Forestry
1958 Glenn R. Brown BS Civil Engineering
1958 Raymond J. Slattery BS Business Administration
1958 Gerald L. Vande Hei BS Forestry
1959 Clifford E. Faucher BS Civil Engineering
1959 Monte J. Hand BS Chemical Engineering
1959 Jack E. Pierson BS Civil Engineering
1960 Roger G. Grates BS Applied Physics, BS Metallurgical Engineering
1960 Raymond G. Latvala BS Business Administration
1960 William J. Lubitz BS Electrical Engineering
1960 Richard G. Meese BS Chemical Engineering
1961 Edmond P. Friday BS Civil Engineering
1962 William T. Dodson P.E. BS Mechanical Engineering
1962 Russell P. Paquette BS Electrical Engineering
1962 Donald C. Trimble BS Mechanical Engineering
1963 Rodger A. Arola BS Civil Engineering, MS Engineering Mechanics
1963 Robert G. Carlson BS Mechanical Engineering
1963 Barry C. Davey BS Electrical Engineering
1963 Alfred A. Porkka BS Mechanical Engineering
1966 Erwin T. Simi BS Biological Sciences
1967 Douglas A. Grisham P.E. BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1967 L. Howard Richards BS Mechanical Engineering
1967 Dilip K. Shaw P.E. MS Chemical Engineering
1968 Frederick K. Geissler BS Electrical Engineering
1968 James C. Lamerand BS Mathematics, MS Mathematics
1969 Robert J. Gaines BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1970 Jimmy A. Finley BS Geology
1972 Frederick R. Anderson AAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1972 Ralph W. Klein BS Chemistry
1972 David F. Szykowny BS Forestry
1973 Dr. James E. Kitzner BS Biological Sciences
1973 Curtis R. Paulson AAS Forest Technology
1974 Dr. Robert A. Ayres PHD Metallurgical Engineering
1974 Walter J. Caspers BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1974 Daniel W. Junttila BA Liberal Arts
1974 Ronald W. Paynter BS Civil Engineering
1975 Fred William R. Fass BS Geology
1975 Charles D. Kramer BS Chemistry, MS Chemical Engineering
1978 Daniel A. O’Brien BS Forestry
1979 Warren R. Brown BS Chemical Engineering
1979 Sheryl P. Lepisto BS Biological Sciences
1979 Paul J. McHone BS Forestry
1979 Dr. Darwin G. Moon BS Mechanical Engineering
1981 Carol A. DeBacker BS Wood Science
1982 Robert E. Cass BS Mechanical Engineering
1984 John J. Gagnon AAS Civil Engineering Technology
1985 James L. Hollenbeck BS Geology
1988 Dr. Douglas E. Wilken MS Physics, PHD Applied Physics
1989 Jeffrey S. Arch BS Civil Engineering
1989 Dr. M. Sean Clancey MS Rhetoric & Tech Communication, PHD Rhetoric & Tech Communication
1991 Thomas M. Demeny BS Electrical Engineering
1993 Eric M. Fredrickson BS Environmental Engineering, MS Operations Management
1993 Heather C. Schultz BS Mechanical Engineering
1997 Ryan T. Adragna BS Mechanical Engineering
2003 Frank A. Whiton BS Engineering
2009 Mark D. Miljevich BS Civil Engineering
2011 Breanna L. Cronk BS Mechanical Engineering
2012 James E. Brandt BS Accounting
2019 Anthony J. Rettig BS Mechanical Engineering

In Memoriam for October 1 – December 31, 2021

Remembering Five Former Michigan Tech Professors/Instructors

Wilbur (Bill) Campbell — Biochemistry Professor 1981–2003

Bill (Dr Wilbur H) Campbell died unexpectedly at home early on January 30, 2022.  He was born in 1945 in Santa Ana, California, and earned his PhD in Biochemistry from UW Madison in (1972). A series of post-doctoral positions in different parts of the country led to a faculty appointment in the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Technology. He met and married Ellen in Syracuse in 1981, and they moved to the Keweenaw in 1985 when he became the biochemistry professor at Michigan Tech. 

In 1993, the Campbells decided to try to bring the discoveries of Bill’s academic research out into the world with new products for testing water quality. NECi, in Lake Linden, was one of the first biotech companies in Michigan. NECi’s products for nitrate testing won USEPA method approval in 2017. They are made in Lake Linden and sold to customers worldwide.

Bill’s step-daughter Lisa Carne works on coral restoration in Belize.  His brother’s family are settled downstate, from Detroit to Ann Arbor.  Sister Jeanette Merki and family are in Kirkland, Washington.   

Bill loved trees, birds, wildlife, cats, bears, and peace.  The beauty of the area kept the Campbells here in the UP, despite the winters.  


M. Sean Clancey — Humanities Professor 1998–2019

M. Sean Clancey, 66, a resident of Calumet passed away on Monday February 21, 2022 at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium.

He was born on August 20, 1955 in Ishpeming to James and Barbara (Stakel) Clancey. When he arrived home, his two older brothers, ages 2 & 3 – having recently witnessed the birth of a litter of Boxer puppies – were unimpressed, asking “Where are the rest?”. He graduated from Ishpeming High School with the Class of 1973, having focused not only on the English language, but also delving into German and French. His great interest in languages culminated in a highly rewarding trip to Europe, where he was able to focus his attention on the nuances of regional dialects in London and Paris. He was also surprised to learn that a student his age could even enjoy an occasional sip of wine or ale. His earnest studies empowered him to perform exquisite Shakespearian orations and even pull off an unforgettable onstage impression of Joe Cocker while competing in an air guitar contest under the lights at the Champion Horse Pulling Grounds during Beer Fest. One former high school teacher recalls giving him the assignment to write an essay about an inanimate object, using its perspective and point of view. Sean chose Richard Nixon’s wastebasket as the subject of his report.

Following high school Sean attended St. Norbert University, and then moved on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Marquette University. He next attended Michigan Technological University where he received his Masters and PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communications. We believe he was the only MTU Masters candidate to ever illustrate a thesis point by juggling three balls during his defense.

Sean’s first job after Marquette was for the Marinette Eagle Herald newspaper, where he worked the Peshtigo beat. After obtaining his PhD, he became a Lecturer at Michigan Tech in 1998. He taught there until his retirement in 2019. He was a multi-year finalist in the Academy of Teaching Excellence and won the MTU Distinguished Teaching award in 2009.

Sean was known by the nicknames “Otto” and “Doc”. Otto came from his high school German class, and Doc came from his skills on the volleyball court. He was an accomplished volleyball player, playing in tournaments across the UP, and earning a DSV (Doctor of Surgical Volleyball) degree awarded by his contemporaries. Another of Sean’s hobbies was golf – encompassing the links, frisbee, and computer versions. He was devoted to the Green Bay Packers (purchasing share number 029474 in 1997) and attended many memorable games at Lambeau Field. Doc was fortunate to be at Marquette University when the Warriors won the national championship under legendary coach Al McGuire in 1977. The Michigan Wolverines also held a special spot in his heart, his Grandfather having been the Student Assistant to Fielding Yost in 1908.

For over a decade, his summer was highlighted by a trip to the Great Northern Bluegrass Festival at Mole Lake, Wisconsin. Nothing pleased the Doc more than peacefully relaxing to music in the Chequamegon Forest with friends. Coming on the heels of that “relaxation”, he always relished the annual August canoe camping trips in the Keweenaw at Bete Gris on Lake Superior (at arguably the world’s most outstanding campsite) with a close circle of friends. For over 25 years, he made that trek and kept close tabs on the veracity of pronouncements at the well-stocked bar. No B.S. ever went unchallenged with The Good Doctor on hand.

Sean was extremely generous with his time. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Copper Range Historical Society and regularly welcomed visitors to their Museum in South Range. He would never pass up the opportunity to deliver meals for the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, sacrificing many holidays with his family so that he could help make those days extra special for elderly residents of the Copper Country. In addition, he served as Faculty Advisor to the Delta Upsilon Fraternity at MTU, providing much appreciated guidance for many years.

Sean was a staunch Progressive and tireless crusader for worthy causes. His knock was heard at many a Keweenaw door. He carried signs, gathered signatures, and handed out countless pamphlets while always being well prepared to calmly explain his positions on those issues. He truly Felt the Bern!

Sean always enjoyed a large circle of friends, who treasured his quick wit and easy smile. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and engaged in conversation.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved dog Luke. He is survived by his brothers: Pat (Diane) Clancey of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Jay (former spouse Mary Windsand) Clancey of Lake Michigamme, Tom Clancey of Tampa, Florida, and special niece Brooke (Joe) Routhier of Ishpeming.


Robert A. Fricke ’48 — Professor 1979–87

Robert A. Fricke, 99, a resident of Hurontown and the Bluffs Senior Living Community in Houghton passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022, at the UP Health Systems Portage Hospital, in Hancock.

He was born on March 18, 1922, in Hurontown, MI, a son of the late August E. and Ethel M. (Martin) Fricke. Bob was raised in Hurontown, and was a graduate of Houghton High School with the class of 1939. He then attended Michigan Technological University before enlisting in the United States Army Air Force from 1946 to 1948. He then returned to Michigan Technological University, to receive his degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

On January 6, 1951, he was united in marriage to the former Dorothea Tetzlaff. The couple moved to different parts of the country during Robert’s working career such as the Local Radar Base in Keweenaw County, Zeeland, MI as City Engineer, Milwaukee, WI and Los Angeles for eight years, while he worked for Rex Chainbelt, then in Cleveland, OH, while he worked for Master Builder and later Union Carbide, in Ashtabula OH. He returned to make his home in Hurontown, when he accepted a faculty position at Michigan Technological University, retiring in 1987.

Locally, Mr. Fricke was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Houghton. Robert’s life of helping and giving began at an early age when he became an Eagle Scout and continued throughout his life. Locally he was active on many boards and committees with Portage Township, was a former Secretary for Rangers Post #6165 VFW of South Range, the Hancock Lions Club, where he helped begin the handicap ramp project and the Copper Country Kiwanis Club, as well as a former Boy Scout Leader. Mr. Fricke was a 33rd Degree Mason and an active member of Copper Country Lodge #135 F&AM. He was very proud to have received the Masonic Lou B. Winsor Award in 2001, from the Grand Lodge of Michigan.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his sister Olive Raduchel. Surviving are: wife Dorothea Fricke of the Bluffs Senior Living Community; children James Fricke of Hancock, Elva Brodnick of Cleveland, OH, Mary Bronson of Mayfield Heights, OH; grandson Lewis Bronson; and nephew William Raduchel.


Stephen G. Shetron — Forestry Professor 1966–96

Stephen George Shetron, 87, of Traverse City, Michigan, passed away on January 5, 2022 after a short illness.

Steve grew up in White Plains, NY. He was a lifelong learner, with degrees from Alfred State (NY), Michigan State, and U of M. He was a professor in Soils Science at Michigan Tech for 30 years, enjoying his teaching and research in mine tailing reclamation. He and his wife Ruth raised their daughters, Becky and Lynne, in Alberta and L’Anse, Michigan. Their family time was full of such experiences as maple sugaring, fishing, cross country skiing, camping and summer weekends at their cottage on Beaufort Lake. Later in his career, Steve and Ruth lived in Houghton.

Throughout his adult life he was active in the United Methodist church and even after moving away maintained a special interest in the L’Anse church. His church home in Traverse City was the First Reformed Church. He was also an active volunteer in retirement, spending time with the Tucson-Sonoran Desert Museum, Native Seeds/SEARCH, and Interlochen. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and later in life visited South America, Egypt, drove the Alaska Highway and took a month-long cruise to Antarctica. He was a snowbird in Arizona for many years and enjoyed taking Amtrak back and forth.

Steve is survived by his children Rebecca Nold and Lynne (John) Shetron-Rama, grandchildren Natalie and Andrew Nold, and Benjamin and Elaine Rama. Preceding him in death are his father and mother John Henry and Veeva C. (Sworts) Shetron, his older brother John Shetron Jr, and his wife of 43 years, Ruth (Strobel) Shetron.


Douglas E. Wilken ’88 ’93 — Physics Instructor/Lab Assistant 2016–22

Douglas E. Wilken, age 59 of Foley, died on January 28, 2022 at the St. Cloud Hospital. 

Doug was born on December 17, 1962 to Richard and Jackie (Liardon) Wilken in Princeton, Minnesota. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Alexandria before attending Bethel University and Michigan Technological University to earn a doctorate in physics. After years of working in the corporate world, Doug returned to Michigan Technological University as an instructor in the Physics Department.

When not commuting between states, Doug delighted in being a grandfather and spending time with his wife and children. He was a fellow deer hunter and fan of the Vikings, along with any team who beat the Packers. Doug was a gifted musician, playing piano for his family and friends and sharing his beautiful singing voice with the church choir. He loved to read and collected a large library of books, ranging from countless technical tomes to science fiction and fantasy novels. One of Doug’s greatest passions was teaching and sharing his knowledge with others as well as tinkering with electronics. 

Doug is survived by his wife Dona of 30 years; children Christopher Koshowany, Matthew Koshowany, Kateryna Koshowany, and Samantha (Mathew) Minerich; grandchildren Tatiana, Mathew, and Henry; father Richard Wilken; siblings Eric (Sue) Wilken, Sue (Jeff) Nelson, Dan (Vicky) Wilken, and Curtis (Deb) Wilken; eight nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Jackie.

Calling All Mascots

Before Blizzard T. Husky became Michigan Tech’s official mascot in the late 1990s, there were several iterations of the Husky mascot.

What are your memories of Tech’s mascot? Tell us below!

Bill ’71 and Kathy ’71 Wassberg were the first students to put on a mascot suit. They came up with the idea to hold a reunion for all mascot students during Alumni Reunion on campus August 4-6, 2022.

Did you or someone you know put on the mascot suit for Michigan Tech? We’d love to connect with you. Email us at alumni@mtu.edu.

Tech Twosomes. What’s Your Story?

Share your story! Tell us your Tech Twosome story in the comments below.

Maybe you met in class or at the dining hall. Maybe you had your first date at the bowling alley or Mt. Ripley. Maybe, like Marie and Tom ’69 Cain, you had your first dance at the SnoBall during Winter Carnival half a century ago.

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Winter Carnival Love Story

We are honored that Tech holds a special place in your hearts, as you do in ours. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day by spreading the love with a gift to Michigan Tech in honor of your special connection. Your gift helps the next generation of students write their stories.

Other Tech Twosome Stories:

Liz ’12 (Cloos) and Patrick ’12 Dreyer
We at the LeaderShape leadership camp in January 2009, the week before the spring semester of our freshman year. We started dating after only 12 days of knowing each other and have been together ever since.

During our senior year, we decided that we wanted to get engaged to get married. Patrick wanted to surprise Liz. His first idea was to “feign car trouble” on our way back to Michigan Tech from Detroit and pull off the road in Alberta where we first met three years prior. However, Patrick realized that the entire family would be VERY upset that they wouldn’t get to see the newly engaged couple for many months. So, Patrick shifted his plans and proposed to Liz in Detroit four days before Christmas.

We’re now happily married for almost eight years.


Alissa ’17 (Alexander) and James ’15 Kanka
James and I met my first semester at Tech in fall of 2011 at Sigma Pi Haunted Haus. I was joining Theta Chi Epsilon sorority and was a tour guide for the charity event. James was a brother of Sigma Pi fraternity and came to help out after he got off work. One of my sisters that knew him introduced us and it was love at first sight. We started dating in January and were inseparable. We were even able to take some classes together during our time at Tech! James graduated in 2015 and was able to stay in the Houghton area with me until I graduated in 2017. We married in July of 2017 and just welcomed our first child, Nash, into the world in January of this year. We look back fondly at our time at Michigan Tech and wouldn’t change a thing about it as it has lead us to where we are now!

In Memoriam

October 1 – December 31, 2021

Pref Class Full Name Degrees
1936 Esther R. Brodeur BS General Science
1942 Henry J. Hansen Jr BS Metallurgical Engineering, MS Metallurgy
1946 John V. Bergh BS Civil Engineering
1947 John G. Liadis BS Electrical Engineering
1947 William I. Pentin BS Electrical Engineering
1947 Oliver R. Simi BS Chemical Engineering
1948 Alice C. Crowell BS General Science
1948 Kenneth W. Harder BS Mechanical Engineering
1948 Henry G. Piper BS Mechanical Engineering
1949 William S. Auday BS Electrical Engineering
1949 Paul K. Goethe BS Electrical Engineering
1949 Melvin E. Orchard P.E. BS Civil Engineering
1950 Arne L. Anderson BS General Science
1950 Kenneth F. Nacke BS Mechanical Engineering
1950 Charles D. Putnam BS Electrical Engineering
1951 Dolores M. Adams BS General Science
1951 Mark W. Cross BS Mechanical Engineering
1951 George D. Eckstein BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1951 Andrew Groeneveld BS Metallurgical Engineering
1951 John J. Loughray BS Forestry
1952 Cletus L. Courchaine PE BS Civil Engineering
1956 Sonny G. Edwards BS Mechanical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering
1956 Thomas B. Sullivan BS Metallurgical Engineering
1957 Donald L. Gooch BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Chemical Engineering
1958 Roland A. Mariucci BS Civil Engineering
1958 Dr. Robert J. Spahn BS Engineering Physics
1958 Dr. Laurence G. Stevens MS Chemistry
1959 Bruce M. Bertram BS Geological Engineering, MS Business Administration
1959 Gerald J. Fitzgerald BS Civil Engineering, MS Civil Engineering
1959 Ernest W. Lehtola BS Business Administration
1959 Stanley R. Michaelson BS Civil Engineering
1959 Robert B. Plater BS Civil Engineering
1959 Peter M. Rankin BS Electrical Engineering
1960 Donald N. Gibson BS Metallurgical Engineering
1960 Col. George T. LaBlonde Jr (Ret) BS Mining Engineering
1960 Robert H. Wieber BS Engineering Physics
1961 Thomas J. Bourke BS Business Administration
1962 Robert S. Eiferd BS Mathematics
1962 David Alexander McLachlan BS Business Administration
1963 William B. Wood BS Forestry
1964 John D. Truax BS Applied Physics
1965 Kenneth C. Chermak BS Mechanical Engineering
1965 Paul A. Polus BS Physics, MS Nuclear Engineering
1965 Franklin V. Vresk BS Electrical Engineering
1966 Allan R. Knivila BS Applied Physics, ’88 MS Physics
1966 Joanne E. Potter BS Business Administration
1966 Donald R. Wick BS Civil Engineering
1968 Dr. Ronald L. Heninger BS Forestry, ’69 MS Forestry
1970 Ronald N. Buswell BS Electrical Engineering
1970 Dr. Timothy R. Pinchback BS Metallurgical Engineering, ’74 MS Metallurgical Engineering, ’77 PHD Metallurgical Engineering
1971 David B. Kremheller BS Geology
1971 Bruce M. Lahti BS Business Administration
1971 Casann E. Ray BS Biological Sciences
1971 Gary R. Scriver BS Business Administration
1972 George E. Bien BS Chemical Engineering
1972 Fouad Bsat BS Mechanical Engineering
1972 Robert A. DeLoskey BS Mechanical Engineering
1972 James T. Gourd BS Business Administration
1972 Raymond W. Gronevelt BS Business Administration
1972 Terry L. Horton BS Civil Engineering
1972 Andrew Iskra AAS Civil Engineering Technology
1972 Bruce A. Jones BS Electrical Engineering
1972 Ronald J. Kadelsik BS Civil Engineering
1972 James E. Kattelus BS Mechanical Engineering
1972 William L. Kennedy BS Business Administration
1972 Herman K. Kinnie BS Civil Engineering
1972 George B. Mackey BS Mechanical Engineering
1972 Larry D. Mustamaa BS Biological Sciences
1972 Peter R. Nardi BS Electrical Engineering
1972 William P. Quinn BS Business Administration
1972 Michael L. Schoenherr BS Civil Engineering
1972 Paul M. Schuer AAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1972 Gregory C. Vopal BS Business Engineering Admin, BS Electrical Engineering
1972 William W. Willis BS Mechanical Engineering
1972 Dr. Charles A. Wilson MS Chemistry, PHD Chemistry
1972 Thomas N. Zatkovic BS Civil Engineering
1973 Marvin F. Herstrom BS Business Administration
1974 Bela T. Lanczy D.O. BS Biological Sciences, ’80 MS Biological Sciences
1974 Cynthia S. Stock BS Medical Technology
1975 Roger A. Briggs BS Chemical Engineering
1975 Richard C. Dover AAS Forest Technology
1975 William J. Merrill MS Business Administration
1976 Michael W. Hoeft BS Chemistry
1977 Marvin R. Babler BS Wood Science
1978 Kurt D. Friesth BS Forestry
1978 David A. Parker BS Electrical Engineering
1979 Denise Ann Osterholm AAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS)
1979 Susan B Sinclair BS Chemical Engineering
1981 Judith M. Haataja AAS Nursing Technology
1983 David J. Stanley BS Mechanical Engineering
1985 Nena M. Evans, P.E. BS Electrical Engineering
1985 Richard D. Strieter AAS Electrical Eng Tech (AAS), ’87 AAS Civil Engineering Technology
1989 David L. Hekker BS Electrical Engineering, ’91 MS Operations Management
1995 Paulette T. Noble BS Business Administration

In Memoriam July 1 – September 30, 2021

Alumni Reunion All Year Long

We are excited to celebrate Alumni Reunion 2022 all year long with all alumni, but especially our honored classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1982, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2012.

Our celebration will be bookmarked with a weekend together on campus in August.

In the spirit of celebrating your reunion all year, we invite you to post your favorite memories below. 

Keep an eye on the Reunion website for details of the in-person event August 4-6!


January–February

To get started with our celebration, let’s hear about your favorite Winter Carnival memories!

This year’s theme is “Come One, Come All to Our 100th Carnival.”

Were you involved in any of these past snow statues?

Supporting the Student Experience

“Celebrating Traditions. Creating Connections.” That is the mission of your Alumni Board of Directors. This diverse group of volunteers support a wide range of programs for alumni and students to encourage engagement with Michigan Tech. One of these programs is the Student Initiative Support Program (SISP) which provides funds and alumni expertise for student organizations with ideas that promote student involvement on campus.

They look for ideas for programs that positively impact all students and support the alumni mission of “Celebrating Traditions. Creating Connections”. Ideally, these initiatives are inclusive and support a culture of philanthropy among students. The Alumni Board has also helped students acquire equipment that will leave a lasting impact on the University such as the Film Board sound system upgrade.  

In addition to providing funding, they provide connections to knowledge or expertise in a particular area. An example of this was connecting the Sustainability House students with an alumnus with expertise in beekeeping.

Below are the initiatives that the Alumni Board has supported through the history of SISP.

  • Alpha Phi Omega – Epsilon Lambda
  • AMS Enterprise – Cherry Festival Parade
  • Aquanauts Scuba Club- wetsuits for women
  • Arnold Air Society
  • Blue Key e-tablets & software
  • Blue Key Winter Carnival
  • Career Prep Videos
  • CesarChavez Tribute Dinner
  • FilmBoard Sound Equipment upgrade
  • Forest Guild – National Convention
  • GSG Colloquium
  • SDC Ice Skate Rental Program
  • Indian Student Association Diwali
  • Iranian New Years – Norooz
  • IRHC Broomball Trailer
  • Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck March
  • Keweenaw Pride
  • Leaders in Continuous Improvement
  • LeaderShape
  • Makerspace 3D printer
  • Materials Unlimited Conference travel
  • MedLife – Mobile Clinic – international travel
  • Mont Ripley Ski Patrol
  • MTSF Oozeball event
  • MTSF Snow Soccer event
  • MTU Sustainability Demonstration House–beekeeping
  • Mushing Club
  • Outdoor Nation Challenge – OAP
  • Pep Band Cherry Festival Parade
  • ROTCPrecision Drill Team
  • SBE Project Plan Competition
  • SBE DECA conference
  • SIS- MLK Day
  • SIS- SIS/SAAM Reunion bus
  • Sled Heads-WC snowmobile stunt show
  • Society Biomedical Engineers – Conference
  • Society of Optics and Photonics at Michigan Tech
  • Student Veterans Organization
  • University Innovation Fellows
  • USG- Thanksgiving Break Bus
  • Women’s Leadership/Programming Council
  • Women’s Soccer Reunion

Whether it’s on this list or not, tell us what student organization or experience impacted you?